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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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My ex-husband to whom I was married years has died. I was

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My ex-husband to whom I was married for 33 years has died. I was told when I signed up for my social security that if he died I would get $300 of his social security benefit (maybe more). I will be receiving a death certificate soon and I also have certified copies of our marriage and divorce papers. What else do I need? Do I need to go to my local social security office with these papers to get signed up? What else will I need to provide? ***@******.***. Please respond.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 10 months ago.

Good afternoon, Pat.

Yes, if you expect a survivor benefit (divorced widow benefit), you will want to take his DC, your marriage certificate, your divorce decree, AND your photo ID AND your birth certificate. You can not file online so, yes, you take them to your local SSA field office. I am sorry for your loss, but glad to hear you can gain an increase in SS retirement.

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